Cellular Neuroscience Syllabus (NSC-4352)

Instructor: Dr. Michael P. Kilgard
Office: Jonsson JO4.304
Office Hours:  Thursday 11:15-12:15pm
Office Phone: (972) 883-2339
E-mail Address: kilgard@utdallas.edu

Teaching Assistant:  Kamalini Ranasinghe
Office: GR 4.704

E-mail Address: kamalini@student.utdallas.edu

Phone: 469-396-6098

Weekly Review: TBA

Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-11:15 am
Class Location: GR 3.420

Required Texts: Principles of Neural Science, 4th ed. (Kandel, Schwartz & Jessell) [K]
Neuroscience, 3rd ed.  (Purves et al.) [P].
Both should be available at Off-Campus Books (Campbell Rd.) & the UTD bookstore.
Recommended text:  Neurons in Action (order from www.sinauer.com)

Course Description

This course will cover the major issues of cellular neuroscience. Recent advances in the understanding of the molecular and cellular events underlying neural signaling, synaptic transmission, neural development, and plasticity will be discussed.  Lectures will focus on the big concepts and readings will provide the necessary factual detail.

Assessment

Exams (90%): There will be two exams (25% each) and a cumulative final exam (40%). Exams will be multiple choice and short answer. Material for these exams will be taken from readings, class lectures and discussion, so attendance is strongly encouraged. The format of the exam questions is designed to be challenging and to encourage integrative thought about the material. Exams will be curved such that the second highest score receives 100%.

Questions (15%): One week before each exam, each student will be expected to generate 5 complete multiple-choice exam questions including multiple answers with the correct answer indicated. Questions should focus on testing concepts not memorization.  Up to 5 points will be earned based on the quality of the questions. Five points is guaranteed if one of your questions is used on an exam. (Note: questions may be somewhat altered.)

Final Grade: A: 105-90, B: 89-80, C: 79-70, Less than 70% is failing.
 
 


Schedule:

DATE

TOPIC

ASSIGNMENTS

8/20

No Class (Kilgard in Germany)

 

8/25

Introductory lecture - Neural Perspectives

Purves Ch1 (1-13)

8/27

Intro to Neurons

Kandell Ch2

9/1

Genes and Behavior

Kandell Ch3

9/3

No Class (Kilgard in Germany)

9/8

Cytology of Neurons

Kandell Ch4

9/10

Protein Sorting

Kandell Ch5

9/15

Ion Channels

Kandell Ch6

9/17

Membrane potential

Purves 2

9/22

Membrane potential, con't

Kandell Ch7,

Neurons in Action (optional)

9/24

Passive Current Flow

Kandell Ch8

9/29

Action Potential 

Purves Ch3, 4

10/1

Action potential, con't

Kandell Ch9,

Neurons in Action (optional)

10/6

Catch-up and Review for Exam

Neurons in Action (optional)

Exam Questions Due

10/8

EXAM (25%)

 

10/13

Synaptic Release

Purves Ch5, Kandell Ch10

10/15

Neuromuscular Junction

Kandell Ch11

10/20

Synaptic Integration

Kandell Ch12,

Neurons in Action (optional)

10/22

Transmitter Release

Kandell Ch14

10/27

Neurotransmitters

Purves Ch6, Kandell Ch15

10/29

Neurotransmitter Receptors and

Their Effects

Purves Ch7

11/3

Intracellular Signaling

Kandell Ch13

11/5

Myasthenia Gravis

Kandell Ch16,  Exam Questions Due

11/10

Review for Exam

Neurons in Action (optional)

11/12

EXAM (25%)

 

11/17

Primary Research Paper

Buonomano DV, et al Temporal information transformed into a spatial code by a neural network with realistic properties. Science. 1995 Feb 17;267(5200):1028-30. (figure 2)

11/19

Continue with Primary Research Papers

   Context-sensitive synaptic plasticity and temporal-to-spatial transformations in hippocampal slices. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1997 Sep 16;94(19):10403-8.

     Decoding temporal information: A model based on short-term synaptic plasticity. J Neurosci. 2000 Feb 1;20(3):1129-41.

11/24

Synaptic Plasticity 

Kandell Ch63

12/1

Adult Plasticity and Learning

Purves Ch24

12/3

Therapeutic Plasticity

TBA, Exam Questions Due

12/10

FINAL EXAM (40%)

8:30am-10:30am

Any schedule changes will be posted at:  www.utdallas.edu/~kilgard/cellularFALL09.htm

Click here for the Final Exam Review Outline.